I read with interest Slater and Basch's Cruise Views on Dec. 30, and after taking a November cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' Sun Viking, I too would like to make an award. To the cruise line I award a keelhaul with clusters for a disintegration in courtesy, service and food. I will not trumpet their praises, but pan the line because passenger comments are not considered or even taken seriously.
I could hardly believe the assertions and prejudices of S.J. Watkins (Letters, Jan. 6) who complained about the food and service in Spain, France and Italy, and specifically in the Nerja, Spain, parador. While I am not familiar with that parador, my wife and I spent two weeks in Spain's southern paradors, including Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, Torremolinos, Oropesa and Merida. Each ranged from excellent to magnificent in terms of quality of the rooms, location, service. And the restaurant in each was outstanding, considering quantity and quality of food and service. Prices were also quite reasonable (dinner for two with wine, $20 to $30).
Much to our surprise and delight we found the Spanish people the most polite and well-mannered in Europe. . . . Any traveler who resorts to "gross me out" as a critique of a foreign country is not quite ready for international travel and should be content exploring the confines of the San Fernando Valley.